Sri Swami Omkarananda was born in a traditional Vedic family. He learnt the Vedas
from a very early age. In his early twenties, greatly inspired by the teachings
of Sri Swami Vivekananda, he joined Ramakrishna Tapovanam at Tirupparaithurai, was
given Sanyasa by its founder Sri Swami Chidbhavananda, on 4th May 1985 and was named
as Sri Swami Omkarananda.
His quest for knowledge of Vedanta led him to Sri Swami Paramarthananda, disciple
of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, under whose guidance he studied Vedanta from 1987
On completion of his studies he founded “Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam” on the
banks of river Surabhi Saraswathi or Mullaiyaru at Theni and established the Vedanta
Sasthra Prachara Trust to manage the Ashram
In the precincts of the Ashram, under the auspices of Sri Dakshinamurti Seva Samiti,
Sri Swamiji established a grand edifice dedicated to Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti.
The Maha Kumbabhishekam of this Vidya Pitham was performed in June 2004. The Vidya
Pitham attracts large number of devotees from all over the world.
As the Chief Acharya of the Ashram, Sri Swamiji takes Vedanta classes for the Brahmacharis,
and conducts regular classes in the Ashram for the benefit of general public. He
conducts regular Jnana Yajnas in India and abroad.
Sri Swamiji is regularly consulted by devotees on matters relating to temple construction,
pujas and rituals. His erudition in both Karma Kanda and Jnana Kanda places him
in a unique position among all the traditional Acharyas.
Sri Swamiji has succeeded HH Sri Sri Santananda Swamigal of Sri Sri Judge Swamigal
Adhishtanam, popularly known as Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham, at Pudukottai.
This Pitham has a long history of conducting various homams and pujas. Sri Swamiji’s
Pitharohanam function was performed on 11th May 2005.
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